Now, started the orientation before you go for snorkeling to watch one of the most gentle and fascinating creatures. Please follow the below guidelines without fail:
1. All whale shark watchers must undergo orientation at the Briefing Center on the rules for interaction with whale sharks
2. No feeding of whale sharks by unauthorized personnel
3. Do not touch, ride, or chase a whale shark
4. Do not restrict normal movement or behavior of the shark
5. Do not use flash photography
6. Do not create splash when entering the water.
7. Do not wear sunscreen if you are going to enter the water. (Most important, since the chemicals can harm them)
8. Motor boats are prohibited in the area. Only paddle boats are allowed.
9. Viewing is limited to 30 minutes
10. Maintain a minimum distance of 5m from the head, 6m from the tail (this differs from the 2m from the head, and 5m from the tail stated in the ordinance)
Read more at https://www.oslobwhalesharks.com/guide (Guidelines)
After the orientation and getting our life-jackets, we were taken out to the open sea in a paddle boat which had around 10 members. The sky being a bit cloudy, we got worried about the visibility underwater, but eventually didn't affect much.